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Check out this folkin’ good music

music Updated: Jul 19, 2010 15:05 IST

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Sigh No More
Mumford And Sons
Universal
Rating: ****

There aren’t too many folk bands out there, so whenever one pops up my interest is piqued. The folk genre isn’t one of the popular genres, so its music very often goes unnoticed.

But this quartet form the UK will change all that.

This is their debut album and has been released after much touring and performing around the world, including India. Each member plays various instruments and thereby brings their own musicality to the songs.

The magic of a folk band is in watching them live, but through this album, one can close ones eyes and imagine that. And if you do that then you will have a great time listening o this. I know I did, and I didn’t even have to close my eyes.

Won’t Go Quietly
Example
Data Records
Rating: ***

I like the direction rap is taking; at least when it comes to rap that is non-black. In this case, this is Elliot Gleave, who’s initials form the abbreviation E.G, which is also the abbreviation for the phrase ‘for example’, hence his title as an artist, geddit?

Ok, now that we got that out of the way, this British rapper has some fresh energy to impart, fusing catchy sing along choruses with some straight up rhymes that sound more dysfunctional as you go. This is his second album, the first one in 2007 called What We Made, was fairly obscure and came and went without much notice outside of the UK but it is this sophomore effort that will change everything. Check out Watch the sun come up, Something in the water, Two lives.

The Defamation Of Strickland Banks
Plan B
Warner
Rating: ****

Check this out
A soul-rap concept album that tells the story of one Strickland Banks a soul crooner who finds success but then goes to jail for a crime he did not commit. So cue the songs about success, betrayal, innocence and life in prison, which forms much of the album.

This also happens to be his second album, the first one in 2006 called. Who needs actions when you got words, and was acclaimed by critics across the board. The sound is so fantastically retro, you’d think you are listening to something from the soul-swingin 1960s or the funk of ’70s.

But when the rap-rhymes kick in, you know they are going into a zone that requires some serious consideration. His real name is Ben Drew and he’s also acted in a few films, most notably Harry Brown with Michael Caine. This is some edgy stuff.

Inception – Soundtrack
Hans Zimmer
Watertower Music
Rating: ****

Hans Zimmer is no stranger to music popular or orchestral. Having started out in the early 1980s with bands like Buggles and Ultravox, he took to scoring music for films soon after with his first effort for the TV series, Moonlighting, in 1982. With Inception, he takes the route as laid out by Christopher Nolan Dreams as we know create their own atmosphere and it is a feeling of levitating that Hans Zimmer brings to the table here.

One will tend to compare it with the score for The Dark Knight, but that’s unfair. Yes, there is darkness, yes, there is foreboding, and there is the anticipation of it all falling apart, but that’s exactly the point, which Hans Zimmer captures perfectly. Each piece compliments the scenarios they are played out in. Those who have seen the film will understand this better. And for those who haven’t, come out from under that rock now!